BANGALORE: In order to defuse the Opposition benches that are targeting Assembly Speaker K G Bopaiah, the BJP has armed its members with a two-page note on how to counter the argument on the floor of the House. The note has already been circulated to a few legislators. The argument put forth by the BJP think tank in the note is that the Speaker enjoys the immunity in none, including the Apex Court, could challenge his rulings. It further points at the rulings of then Lok Sabha Speaker’s decision on disqualification of MPs in the infamous Cash-for-Questions scam. Then Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee in reply to the SC notice had said the court cannot question his ruling as he enjoyed Constitutional immunity.
The BJP note also makes reference to the All State legislature presiding officers’ Conference where it was resolved that none, including the court, could challenge the decisions of the presiding officers. It further points that former Legislative Council Chairman V R Sudarshan was one of the participants in the conference.